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In InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations, Adobe Certified Instructor and designer James Fritz shows print designers how to use InDesign by itself and in conjunction Flash Professional to layout and design a wide range of digital documents. The course provides a tour of digital publishing trends, showing real-world examples of what can be achieved through InDesign. Several start-to-finish projects are also included, such as creating a presentation with transitions and animations, and building an interactive microsite. Exercise files accompany the course.
The first step towards making a document is to create it, but if you quickly skip over to options in the New Document window, you may find yourself making changes at a later date. To make a document, we're going to go to File > New > Document. We can also hit Command+N, or Ctrl+N on the PC. Inside the New Dialog window, you can see there are a lot of options. Let's break down what we see here. One of the first options we see is Intent. This is new in CS5. If we plan on creating a print document, we'll leave it at Print. Because we're creating onscreen documents, like presentations and interactive documents, we're going to choose Web.
When we choose Web, you'll see the units change to pixels. You didn't notice right now, but inside the Swatches panel, all the swatches switch from CMYK to RGB. That's because this type of document is going to end up onscreen, not on paper. Another thing that change when we switch to Web is Facing Pages got turned off and our orientation is now landscape. Under Page Size, I could choose letter, but because we are going to be designing for the screen, we want to choose a screen resolution. I recommend that you design for the final output medium. Don't design a document that's too large because you don't want to have to scale it down later.
I'd rather have to scale something up. But in my opinion, it's best to design for the final output. I am going to choose 1024 x 768. 1024 x 768 is a common screen resolution that most computers can support. Next, we have Margins and Columns. I am going to leave this one for now. But if I click on More Options at the bottom, we also have our Bleed and Slug. Because we are designing for onscreen, there is no need for bleed. We might use a slug for notes. We'll discuss that in a later chapter. If I plan using all these options at a later date, I don't want to have to write all of them down and put them on a Post-it note. I might throw that note away, and who knows? Maybe I'll forget something.
It's much better to save this as a preset. So if I click Save Preset, I can call this Presentation. Now, if I ever change any settings, and I want to go back to what my settings used to be, I can choose my preset Presentation, and it puts it the way it's supposed to be. This way, I won't forget an important step. In fact, I can share these presets with other users. If I click OK to create the document, I can go to File > Document Presets > Define. Then I can select that preset and save it as a file.
Then on another user's machine, I could click Load, and load that same preset file. Once you have your document set up the way that you like, don't forget about the presets that we made. Sharing them with others is a great way to ensure a seamless production of documents for everyone.
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